Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol today announced today that the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) has designated McGuinness Boulevard as part of their Arterial Slow-Zone Program. He was joined today by NYCDOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and other elected officials to announce the designation.
McGuinness Boulevard is a two-lane thoroughfare and truck route that allows motorists access to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway from Greenpoint and Queens. The road is notorious for speeding and has been the site of several traffic deaths over the past few years. According to a study by Transportation Alternatives, 66 percent of motorists on McGuinness Boulevard travel over the 30 MPH speed limit.
“I have been advocating for traffic calming measures along McGuinness Boulevard for quite some time now, with little success. This is the first indication that Vision Zero is making its way into Greenpoint. I applaud DOT Commissioner Trottenberg and Mayor de Blasio’s approach to improving the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through Vision Zero and I hope that this is only the beginning,” Lentol said.
The installation of the new slow zone signs will commence on May 12th and should be completed by the end of May.
The Arterial Slow Zone program will lower posted speed limits from 30 to 25 MPH. In addition to lowering the speed limit, NYCDOT will make comprehensive improvements to signal timing along the corridor, maintaining crucial vehicular capacity and providing more efficient, predictable traffic flows. The locations will also benefit from increased enforcement by the NYPD, as well as temporary speed boards the NYCDOT will place in key locations. The program will feature comprehensive signal timing enhancements paired with distinctive blue-and-white speed limit signage with the name of the corridor, complementing the existing Neighborhood Slow Zone.